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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, May 23, invited the Edo state chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih, over the N700 million presidential campaign funds that came to the state.

‎An aide to Chief Orbih who confirmed his invitation by the EFCC on condition of anonymity on Tuesday, May 24, said he left Benin for Port-Harcourt on Sunday to honour the invitation.

When asked if the PDP chairman was being detained, he said there was no question of detention, as many chairmen across the country were also invited to throw light on the campaign fund.

The commission had earlier invited the coordinator of the campaign organization of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and former deputy governor of the state, Mr Lucky Imasuen, to Port Harcourt to explain their role in the N700 million campaign fund.

Both Pastor Ize-Iyamu and Imasuen who later spoke to journalists in Benin, admitted that they received money from Fidelity Bank on behalf of the party.

They added that the bank officials later took the money in a bullion van to the PDP leader’s house in Benin, where it was shared to the 18 local government areas of the state for the presidential election expenses.

The EFCC was also said to have later invited a former lawmaker, Hon. Tony Aziegbemi, who also witnessed the receipt of the money.
Meanwhile, PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) has said it will take over the national leadership of the party.

Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday night, May 24, in Abuja, the BoT secretary, Ambassador Ojo Madueke said they were consulting with the PDP governors and the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee to save the party from “imminent collapse.” According to him, the PDP BoT would not just sit and watch the party fall apart.
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